February 19, 2010

What did he just say?!!! Assassination?!?!?!

Did Dr. Ron Paul just say that the government said they believe they have the right to assassinate American citizens who may be a threat to the Federal Government?

Where the hell did he get that from? Who said they believe they have that right? Where is this coming from? Why aren't more people pissed off about that?

Food for Thought (Structured approach to the purpose of governance)

Hypothesis: The power of law is the power of armed control. Through law we, as a collective, decide under penalty of armed punishment, what actions for which we will use our collective armament and power to punish individuals or other ordered and targetable collectives. My hypothesis is that this power of law should not be used to regulate morality.

Second Hypothesis: Law, when properly implemented, should not impede upon the free will (which God himself has granted man) of the individual or the democratic will of targetable collectives.

Third Hypothesis: The purpose of law is to protect individuals and collectives from the individual application of force in violation of either of the first two premises. As such, the application of collective force should only be used to deter and prevent others from using force to prevent a part of that collective from going about their own business and exercising their own free will.

To be expounded upon at such time that I actually have time to discuss.

February 06, 2010

New Host

Ok - rehosting the blog with BlogSpot underneath - this should be interesting...everything will likely be messed up - let's see how this post goes...

See you on the other side

I'm going to attempt to convert my Blog over the next 2 days - it's going to be a challenge, I have to rework how everything operates, but I'll probably end up with a nicer looking blog in the end because I have to re-do the template.

If this works, my pages will be going from .asp to .htm.

I'll have less control over the information I log, but I'll also have a redirect to my old programmed content on something like custom.richgautier.com - I haven't worked out the details yet...

So....see you on the other side....

February 03, 2010

Dear Google - Thanks A Lot For Leaving Me High and Dry

Dear Google:

I have used Blogger for 11+ years as the text content engine to my website. I used Blogger before Google owned Blogger, and the original product was so much better than what you have turned it into.

Blogger was originally designed as a content management tool, not just for vanilla blogs, but for people who needed a way to manage all kinds of published content.

I would have happily paid for such a service over the years, but you never asked for anything other than a link advertising Blogger at the bottom of my pages. At no time did you tell me that supporting a basic functionality of the Internet - FTP - was costing you more money than you made back from me.

All of my pages are indexed at Google, with .asp extensions - with a PageRank befitting my little piece of the web. Your replacement product will no longer support my website, its design and structure, or my purposes. Even if I migrate my content, all of my links will be changed, and I will no longer be able to customize my content programatically.

You've also given me less than two months to migrate to new tools, effectively freezing my content until I find a new content management tool.

Thank you so much for caring so much about your customers, especially those who have been with you since the beginning.

If you should happen to run into the fun guys who originally made Blogger, could you ask them kindly to come back and re-deploy their original product, maybe under a new umbrella? I could really use a customizable content management system right about now.

February 02, 2010

Blogger.com – No Longer Support of FTP Publishing in Blogger after March 26 – Webmove – Mashable Web Blog

Well, it's been a good 10 year run - but I'm about to have to switch my Blogging site to some new configuration. Blogger.com – No Longer Support of FTP Publishing in Blogger after March 26 – Webmove – Mashable Web Blog What really sucks is that I use a custom ASP web site that won't be supported by their option. I'm going to have to switch over from Blogger to an on-site blogging system, which means lots of development effort on my part - and I have about a month and a half to do it.

February 01, 2010